The Athletico Story
Thank you for taking the time to learn about Athletico Physical Therapy. In 1991, Athletico president and founder, Mark Kaufman, opened the first Athletico center in Chicago. As a licensed physical therapist and certified athletic trainer, Mark opened the first center with one employee and provided services to two affiliations—Francis W. Parker High School and Chicago Lions Rugby.
Today, Athletico has facilities throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana, employs over 1200 clinical and administrative staff, and offers more than 40 specialty rehabilitation, outreach, and fitness services. Our team of specialists includes physical and occupational therapists, certified athletic trainers, personal trainers, strength and conditioning specialists, and massage therapists.
Athletico has staff with expertise in treating the worker’s compensation population with such services as work conditioning and functional capacity evaluations. In addition, Athletico provides athletic training, physical and occupational therapy, and fitness services to over 150 affiliations including high schools, colleges, and many of Chicago’s professional sports teams.
To demonstrate Athletico’s commitment to providing quality care and service to our patients, in early 2011 we began measuring functional patient outcomes and patient satisfaction using a third-party outcomes system, Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes, Inc. (FOTO®). While many in health care say they are committed to quality care and service, few are willing to put their resources into actually measuring these cornerstones and responding to them. Athletico is doing just that.
The implementation of outcomes measurement within all of Athletico’s facilities has been a progression of advancements over the past twenty years. During this time, we have diversified our services to meet the needs of our communities and supported these service offerings by providing employees post-professional education through in-house continuing education, tuition reimbursement, and an orthopedic clinical residency program supported by Evidence in Motion.
It is through this commitment to continuous improvement that patients and referral sources can be confident they are working with Chicagoland’s specialists in the field of orthopedic rehabilitation, sports medicine, and outreach services.
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